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South Carolina assistant: We're not going to win. We're going to win big.

South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus has a guy named Garcia in his position meeting room that has to drive him crazy.

You never know what you’re getting.  Except Spurrier knew he was signing a high school senior that at times rocked a full beard and mullet.

At the time, Mangus was serving as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at MTSU.

Now, Mangus doesn’t know if Garcia will return at all due to his indefinite suspension.  In fact, many South Carolina fans are fed up with Garcia, who has now been suspended five different times.  The popular opinion might be to move on without Garcia.

Interestingly, Mangus told Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier, “The kids love Garcia. Garcia is a Velcro-type guy. The kids like hanging out with him. If I was 22, I'd hang out with him.”

To us, it will be interesting to see if Steve Spurrier and athletic director Eric Hyman take the strategy once used by John Calipari for a player who was suspended multiple time.

Calipari once said, “Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular isn't always right.”

Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on pencils.  

Is it too late? Or does Garcia get one more chance (seriously, this is the last time) to get a handle on all things outside of football?

One thing is for sure according to Mangus, with or without Garcia, “Our best years of football are ahead. We're not going to win. We're going to win big.”

In unrelated news, Spurrier turned 66 today.  Have no idea, but we'll guess he's currently on the 402 yard Par 4, hole #8...with an Original Coors.




Big 12 coaches differ on elimination of championship game

Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy, Gary Pinkel, and Bill Snyder shared their opinions on the elimination of the Big 12 Conference championship game during a conference call on Tuesday.

Gundy and Stoops are glad the game has been eliminated.

Gundy explained, "I've always felt like that our goal as a league should be to have a national champion, and anything that takes away from that we should avoid. And we've accomplished that by eliminating the championship game."

Stoops said, “We had to win our championship then go win the national championship or BCS game when we just won a huge game, it's like we had to do it twice. Now we don't have to do it, and I think it is an advantage.”

Pinkel didn’t like the move and made an interesting point.

Pinkel said, "I really think the championship game and divisions are good for college football. I think it's rather obvious, too, since the Pac-10 went to it (beginning this year). We're going to miss that, I don't think there's any question about it."

Bill Snyder added, “I think most people view the Big 12 as one of the top two conferences in the United States. There are four or five trophies in our trophy case that in all likelihood would not have been there had we not had a North and South Division. And I think there are a lot of schools that profited by that, particularly schools in the North."

Despite the elimination of the championship game this year, the Big 12 Conference will have exposure on the traditional conference championship Saturday.  Bedlam, the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game, will be played in Stillwater on that date.




Brian Kelly: You have to use Facebook

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly spent a few minutes on the NFL Network last night.

After complimenting the outstanding work that Mike Mayock does for the NFL Network and Notre Dame’s traditional Saturday NBC telecast, Kelly talked about social media outlets and reflected on the best players he coached against this past season.

Kelly appreciates that Mayock doesn't waste time talking in generalities.  He knows the game, personnel and x's & o's, so Kelly looks forward to meeting with Mayock each Friday during the season.

An avid tweeter (who would have ever thought the Notre Dame head coach would be an avid tweeter), and a good one in our opinion, Kelly also talked about Facebook.

Kelly said, “I will tell you I have to be.  In the recruiting process, the way that you have an opportunity with recruits today, you have to have Facebook because they are not picking up the phones anymore.”

Who was the best player you coached against in this year’s draft?

Kelly said, “Andrew Luck.  He was hands down the best we saw, but I also liked the Baldwin kid from Pittsburgh.  I think a lot of people talk about whether he came to play every week, but I can tell you when I was at Cincinnati and again at Notre Dame, we played him a lot and he came to play. He’s got great range and will go up and get the football. He’s a match-up nightmare.  And then I liked the energy that Ryan Kerrigan from Purdue brought to the table.”

Kelly now has over 26,000 followers on Twitter.  You can follow him @CoachBrianKelly.  You can follow us @FootballScoop




Smart idea: Kevin Wilson makes the most of final spring practice

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson used the spring game as another practice to get better.

The first-year head coach set up the spring schedule to allow for one last practice on Tuesday.  In anticipation to voluntary summer workouts, Wilson wanted to make the most of the final practice by teaching the players how to run a practice on their own.

Wilson explained, “We used that last light practice to teach our guys how to practice this summer…drills we can do, how to run skelly or the throwing drills without the coaches here, quarterbacks calling plays, linebackers lining the defense up.  We’re limited in coaches with what we can do (this summer), so today was just coaching the kids on how to do it.”

Overall, Wilson put a huge emphasis since landing the job on building a foundation of core values.  He seemed pleased that the players bought into much of the philosophy.

“These kids have embraced our values, what we’re trying to be, our toughness.  We stayed healthy. We’re getting faster and more confident.  If we’re going to be a good team, we’ll keep building through the summer.”

For the 37th or 38th time since landing the job, Wilson was outspoken about the importance of the voluntary workouts during the summer.

“Voluntarily you are making the choice of building your team or bringing your team down by not being committed. We’ve got all the kids being here during session 1 and session 2.  We want them to come back in shape, bigger, strong, faster….but we also want them to come back better football players.”

Indiana opens against Ball State in Lucas Oil Stadium.  The Hoosiers then host Virginia and South Carolina State.




Strange & funny video: Paul Rhoads visits Wally World

We’re still trying to figure this one out.

Late last night, a loyal FootballScoop viewer emailed in a video of Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads.

No, it’s not the increasingly popular on-field mic’d up segment.  It’s not a post-practice media session with reporters.  It’s not one of Rhoads’ terrific post game locker room speeches.

This video is of Paul Rhoads reenacting Chevy Chase's famous trip to Wally World.  Currently, the video has been viewed slighly less than 1000 times.  

We don't think it will end up being viewed 319,000 times like Rhoads' locker room speech after defeating Nebraska, but we'll guess the views of this video will climb rapidly.

Watch the video.  You’ll catch yourself saying, “What in the flip is that?”




Rocky Long calls out Boise State's blue turf

San Diego State head coach Rocky Long called out Boise State, the newest member of the Mountain West Conference during a conference call earlier today.

Long’s issue deals with the blue turf at Bronco Stadium.

“I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it’s unfair,” said Long, who was promoted to head coach when Brady Hoke left for Ann Arbor.

Long added, “It takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field.”

Perhaps Long is trying to get other coaches to voice their frustration, so in 2012 when the Aztecs visit Bronco Stadium, the field will be green.

Umm…can you say, “No chance?”

The teams that have to deal with the “Smurf Turf” next season are Tulsa, Nevada, Air Force, TCU, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

 




Lane Kiffin borderline depressed after morning practice

Talking about depressed.  That could have summed up Lane Kiffin’s mood today following the Trojan’s thirteenth spring practice.

Kiffin wasn’t in the mood to make any headlines either, despite reporters trying to get Lane to touch on some interesting topics.  

At one point, Lane said, “Basically, you’re looking at 10 scholarship players that haven’t practiced this spring.  When you add the 24 coming in, that’s 34 new scholarships players coming, it helps your depth, but it makes your practices better.  It makes your players better because right now we’re finding some players coasting a little bit because we have nobody behind them.  Regardless, they can’t get demoted so hopefully it’s something we’ll fix in the fall.”

A reporter then asked Kiffin for his opinion on why certain schools but not USC were having their spring games nationally broadcasted.

Kiffin said, “Yeah, they had 92,500 people too.  It makes it a little bit different environment.  It’s the difference in the South than being out here.  It is what it is.  I go back to..we had 51,000 at our spring game at Tennessee and 40,000 two hour before for the walk.  It doesn’t make it good or bad.  It’s just very different.”

What about the new rule banning subscriptions to recruiting websites?

Kiffin responded, “It didn’t matter to me.  It doesn’t affect anything we do.”

What about these schools that are paying $20,000 to $25,000 for recruiting services?

Once again, not in the mood to make headlines, Kiffin responded, “We have enough of our own issues.  I’m not worried about other people.”

Asked if he’s ever paid $20,000 for a recruiting service, Lane simply responded, “No.”

USC will finish spring practice on Saturday with a scrimmage in The Coliseum.




Dave Clawson: We dropped 13 balls in the spring game

It’s only 135 days until Bowling Green at Idaho.

Who isn’t fired up?

Today, Bowling Green wrapped up spring practice with a morning practice.  Head coach Dave Clawson set up the spring schedule to allow for one practice following this past Saturday’s spring game.

After practice, Clawson recapped the spring game and spring practice in general.

Clawson was pleased with the defensive line on Saturday, explaining, “Defensively, I liked the way our defensive line played.  We got the ball, created penetration, we rushed the passer.  We were very disruptive and that had a lot to do with the defensive success.   The only thing I didn’t like about the defense was that we gave up 4 big plays.”

“We dropped too many balls.  We dropped 13 balls in the spring game.  Whether it’s wind weather, we’re going to have to play games in those conditions. We have to be able to function better than that.”  (Boy, don't you know offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Warren Ruggiero and wide outs coach Mark Carney were in a pleasant mood after that performance.)

Overall, “Offensive line has made progress, but isn’t where we need it to be.  It’s no secret we need help on the offense line.  That’s why we brought in three mid-year guys, but we needed some younger guys to step up.”

What’s next?

“This is where the leadership in your program has to take over. Teams that have good leadership get a lot done in these next three and a half months.”

After the trip to Moscow (Idaho), the Falcons will host Morgan State and Wyoming.